New Hyundai Creta 2018 facelift India launch, expected price, specs, features

The new Hyundai Creta 2018 will be launched in India by mid-2018. As per various media sources, the company will display the updated model at the Auto Expo in February and will announce the official launch a couple of months later. Hence, we can expect an announcement about the same around April this year.

Ahead of its launch, the new Hyundai Creta has been testing on public roads in the country under heavy camouflage. It is worth noting that Hyundai has already unveiled the facelifted Creta SUV crossover in various international markets. Hence, we already know what all major changes can be expected to the Indian-spec model. While the overall characteristic design and silhouette of the new Creta will remain unchanged, it will get slight alterations at the front and rear to offer a fresher appeal.

Mechanically, we don’t expect to see any changes in the facelift. It was earlier being reported that Hyundai is working on a mild-hybrid technology that will be launched with the new Creta in India. However, the biggest benefit of such a technology, a government subsidy, has now been withdrawn. Hence, we don’t expect Hyundai to carry on with its earlier plans.

Let’s see what all we know so far about the upcoming 2018 Hyundai Creta.

New Hyundai Creta facelift India launch date (expected)

The Creta facelift is expected to be launched in India by mid-2018. It will also be showcased at the upcoming Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Hyundai hasn’t yet made an official announcement regarding the new 2018 Creta’s India launch date. However, we will update this section as soon as we receive some concrete information.

side profile of new Creta

2018 Hyundai Creta price in India

Despite getting some serious cosmetic and feature related updates, the new Creta facelift isn’t expected to get a major price hike. This is primarily due to the fact that the crossover is surrounded by high-potential competitors and any major increase in the prices might offset the product’s popularity in the segment. As a result, we expect Hyundai to either keep the new model’s prices unchanged or launch it at a slight premium.

Facelifted Creta 2018 specifications

The new Creta will just be a cosmetic update and is thus not expect to get any mechanical revisions. As a result, it will continue to be offered with a 1.6-litre petrol engine that churns out 121 bhp and 151 Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be handled by either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.

Meanwhile, the diesel models will be available with two engine options – a 1.4-litre unit with 89 bhp and 220 Nm and a 1.6-litre plant with 126 bhp and 250 Nm. The smaller engine only comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, the larger unit can be opted with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed automatic.

Engine Power Torque
1.6-litre Dual VTVT Petrol 121 bhp 151 Nm
1.4-litre CRDi Diesel 89 bhp 220 Nm
1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT Diesel 126 bhp 259 Nm
2018 Hyundai Creta mileage

Since there are no mechanical changes expected with the Hyundai Creta 2018, and the overall vehicle weight will largely remain unchanged, we expect the new model to deliver a mileage figure that is similar to the outgoing variants. Hence, the 2018 Creta will likely deliver the following fuel efficiency figures:

2018 Hyundai Creta variants City Highway
1.6 Petrol Manual 11 km/l 14 km/l
1.6 Petrol Automatic 8 km/l 13 km/l
1.4 Diesel Manual 12 km/l 17 km/l
1.6 Diesel Manual 11 km/l 16 km/l
1.6 Diesel Automatic 10 km/l 15 km/l
Facelifted Creta 2018 rear design
New Hyundai Creta 2018 exterior

Like all mid-life facelifts, the new Creta’s exteriors will slightly be tweaked to give it a fresher appeal, while retaining the overall structure and silhouette of the current model. In the Chinese and Brazilian market, the updated Creta has already received a facelift and the India-spec model will likely feature similar design changes.

Hence, we expect the new Hyundai Creta to get the company’s latest Cascading grille, giving the car a larger mouth. The headlamp assemblies and front bumper will also receive some mild tweaks, while the fog lamps will now be a size smaller and will be placed horizontally, unlike the vertical orientation of the pre-facelift model.

The side isn’t expected to get any major alterations, except a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the rear end will feature a new set of taillights and an updated rear bumper with new faux skid plate and reflectors.

Hyundai Creta New interiors

2018 Hyundai Creta interiors

While the exterior changes made on the new Creta will be minimal, the interior updates will be even more so. The only expected change includes a larger touchscreen infotainment system with more connectivity options. The international-spec model also gets all black cabin with red stitching. However, Hyundai India will likely continue to offer the Creta with a dual-tone cabin layout in the Indian market. This will be done while keeping in mind the inclination of average Indian customers towards beige cabins.

New Creta 2018 dimensions
Length 4,270 mm
Width 1,780 mm
Height 1,630 mm
Wheelbase 2,590 mm
Ground Clearance 190 mm
New Hyundai Creta competition in India
  • Renault Duster
  • Honda BR-V
  • Nissan Terrano

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